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Posted: Friday, August 3, 2012 1:20 pm | Updated: 2:54 pm, Mon Jan 7, 2013.

Investigators have completed processing evidence relating to three females whose remains were pulled from a well near Linden.

The remains of Kimberly Billy and Joann Hobson are now being returned to their families, according to a press release from San Joaquin County sheriff’s spokesman Les Garcia.

Billy was 19 when she went missing in 1984. Hobson was 16 and was reported missing in 1985. Both lived in East Stockton.

Sheriff’s investigators have yet to identify the third female whose remains were also found in the well.

A forensic anthropologist has concluded those remains fit the profile of a girl aged 16 to 18 of mixed ancestry, 5-feet, 1-inch to 5-feet, 4-inches tall. Also found in the well were remains identified as those of a fetus, aged 28 to 32 weeks.

The remains are part of a gruesome excavation of a well on Flood Road near Linden based on maps provided by convicted killer Wesley Shermantine. He was sentenced to death for four murders and is held on death row at San Quentin. His accomplice, Loren Herzog, was released from prison in 2010 but hanged himself in January.

Shermantine has claimed that he and Herzog had a third accomplice and together, over time, killed 72.

The sheriff is asking anyone who might assist in the identification of the remains to call the cold case hotline at 209-468-5087.

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